So I got this recipe from PINTEREST again!! haha it never gets old…I am sorry but they have some fab recipes and blogs on Pinterest…. Awesome inspirational source 😉 This recipe is from Eat Good 4 Life written by Mirayam (Blog author) who is a clinical dietician and hence all recipes are diet friendly. Totally love her recipes!
Yields 18 cupcakes
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup unrefined sugar, if frosting 3/4 cup will be sufficient
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup diced strawberries, organic are better
1/4 cup olive or canola oil
1 cup low fat milk
2 teaspoons strawberry extract, try not to leave it out it makes a huge difference although you can still use vanilla extract if you prefer (I had to use Vanilla extract-could not find Strawberry extract)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
- In a bowl beat egg, oil, milk, strawberry extract, and sugar. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Fold in the the strawberries.
- Spoon batter into cupcake liners 3/4 of the way. Bake for 18-22 minutes until golden and tester comes out clean. Remove immediately from the pan after baking and let cool completely on a wire rack.
(I halved the frosting recipe as I am not a fan of too much frosting – small amount is just good)
8 tablespoons butter
8 oz reduced fat cream cheese
4-5 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped strawberries
For the frosting, mix all of the ingredients and frost cupcakes.
Look at the little bits of berries in the cake and frosting….simply delicious!!! The cream cheese frosting is awesome. I like this better than Buttercream frosting for sure =)
So how is whole wheat pastry flour….. wheaty 😉 I tasted the raw batter and could taste the raw wheat flavor. While the cake baked, could smell the wheat getting cooked…. Taste it…you can tell it is made of wheat flour… But it tastes delicious..the cake is as moist and soft as one made from all purpose flour. The strawberry bits do add some sweetness and little tartness (my berries were sweet and tart) While it cooked it smelled like Indian dessert called “Seera”-made with combo of wheat flour and semolina flour 😉
So this is definitely OMG cupcakes…I am a fan of Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and definitely am going to try more recipes with it. I mean how can you let go of this ooey goodness. Although this recipe calls for Whole Wheat Pastry flour, I am sure all purpose flour would do just fine. But I say, try it with whole wheat pastry flour!!
Oh and did you guys see… the recipe is not at all hard…mix, bake for 20 mins, frost and enjoy =) easy and awesome tasting!